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THE BIRTHDAY PET by Ellen Javernick

THE BIRTHDAY PET

by Ellen Javernick ; illustrated by Kevin O'Malley

Age Range: 4 - 8

Pub Date: March 1st, 2009
ISBN: 978-0-7614-5522-6
Publisher: Marshall Cavendish

A little boy is inundated with new pets he doesn’t want in this humorous reminder that listening counts. When his folks offer to give him “any kind of animal” for his birthday, Danny announces that all he wants is a turtle. Instead, Dad gets Danny a dog. Then Mom buys him a kitten, his big brother comes home with a rat and his older sister opts for a bird. Not surprisingly, each pet proves disappointing. Eventually, the family clues into Danny’s wishes and he gets the turtle he’s yearned for all along. The simple verse text allows readers to anticipate and complete rhymes from page to page, thereby participating in Danny’s dilemma. O’Malley’s expressive, action-packed illustrations, created with design markers and colored pencils, feature close-ups of Danny’s overzealous new dog, his screeching new kitten, his beady-eyed new rat, his squawking new bird and finally his slow and steady new turtle, providing amusing contrasts between the pets his family selected and the pet Danny prefers. Funny and varied perspectives on the perfect pet. (Picture book. 4-8)